Accession Number : AD0675056

Title :   NEGOTIATIONS AND DECISIONS IN A POLITICS GAME.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK BUFFALO

Personal Author(s) : Vinacke,W. Edgar

Report Date : 15 SEP 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : Groups ranging in size from 3 through 9 played a game in which the participants represented political leaders. The aim was to elect a party chairman. Procedure involved writing messages, holding conferences, voting on whether or not to hold an election, and the election. Coalition members were told to make agreements on the 'spoils.' Players had votes according to weights in five power patterns: all-equal, tie, all-powerful, all different, and one stronger-one weaker. There were 49 male and 56 female groups, at least five of each sex at each size. Three major issues were examined: (1) the effect of size; (2) sex differences; and (3) theoretical explanation of coalitions as a function of perceived strength versus coalitions based on the cheapest winning combination. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GROUP DYNAMICS, POLITICAL SCIENCE), (*POLITICAL SCIENCE, SIMULATION), LEADERSHIP, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, SOCIOMETRICS, TABLES(DATA), DECISION MAKING, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), SEX, BEHAVIOR

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE